Lien's daughter apologizes for slimming pill dispute
The China Post news staffLien Hui-hsin, the daughter of former Vice President Lien Chan, admitted yesterday that she had in the past provided funds for a biotechnology firm selling a controversial weight-loss product. She also made a public apology for causing public controversy and concerns for certain consumers.
October 28, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Speaking in an interview with EToday TV news channel, she said that she did contribute funds during the inception and the initial development of Geneherbs Co., which markets the product “Wellslim Plus” supplied by a manufacturer.
Lien confessed that she once served as a spokesperson for the product as she herself has used the capsules for five years.
She said that she was unaware of the alleged use of prohibited elements in the product and she is also seeking the truth in her role as a shareholder in the company.
She said that she personally does not believe that the manufacturer and supplier of the product would use banned pharmaceutical materials on purpose.
Lien said that based on her knowledge, the product should not cause harm, because there will only be negative effects when a person swallows as many as 60 capsules of Wellslim Plus every day. The firm's instruction recommend the consumption of just one or two capsules each day,
But she categorically denied the allegation that she had personally inked a business agreement with a partner in mainland China for possible marketing of the product there.
Lien explained that she only played a role by sharing her personal experiences with the product.
She declined to make further comments, citing the fact that the case is currently under a thorough investigation.
Members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party have mounted attacks on Lien, alleging that she has been the major shareholder of the firm and signed a business cooperation agreement with a mainland group.
Lien's father, Lien Chan, presently still serves as an honorary chairman of the ruling Kuomintang in Taiwan and has helped promote cooperation and peaceful interchanges between Taipei and Beijing in recent years.